#42. MF Doom (The Wire, 2005)

Issue: March 2005
Art Direction: Non-Format (Kjell Ekhorn & Jon Forss)
Photography: Jo Ann Toy

Cartoon cameos and limited edition lunchboxes might be his current trade, but MF Doom's legacy has a much darker backstory. Like so many villains before him, his origins are tragic—a failed major label rap career and a brother dead before his time. British avant garde music publication, The Wire, drew out his dark side with this subtly intimidating flick of the Villian, concealing his eyes completely and focusing on his exposed bald head and over-rusted mask.